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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

To My Anti-Muslim Friends

I am tired of listening to you say Muslims are terrorists and violent.

I don't know much about Muslim theology or the Koran, but I do know enough about Christian history to say we're treading hypocritical ground when we take pieces of it to "prove" Islam is inherently violent. (See here for more perspective.)

Lots of people calling themselves Christian have exploited that image and the issues surrounding it for political and personal gain (such as a large number of American politicians and rich preachers making money off donations) or as an excuse for violence and other discrimination against women and minorities.

You're probably thinking "But those aren't true Christians." First, we still have a responsibility to do something about them. Secondly, why do we get to brush our extremists off as not our problem but Muslims don't? Especially when, as a direct result of the fear and hatred of Muslims, they are being harassed, assaulted, and killed.

It's cliché to quote the Bible verses about the branch in one's eye, but it's still appropriate.


Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
-Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)


So Christians, please show us you are better than this.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

2 comments:

annehiga.com said...

Amen!

If you're ever in the mood for a side by side comparison which is just and fair I highly recommend Laying Down the Sword by Philip Jenkins who I thought did a really good job synthesizing and summarizing relevant Scriptures and comparing to Muslim beliefs to show how (if taken out of context) we're actually a lot worse and there are - yes - extremist Christian groups who do take those verses out of context so it pays to be informed.

Praying hard, and planning to vote hard too in this coming primary and election! Because I don't want the bad guys to win this one - and I know sowing discord is exactly what they (the extremists) want.

Blessed be! And thanks for sharing this rant. With you brother! Anne

M.R. R. said...

@ Anne
Thanks for stopping by, and for the recommendation.